Chapter 4: Getting Started: Core Concepts for Social Justice Education


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Adichie, C. N. (2009). The danger of a single story [Video file]. Retrieved from
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian novelist who wrote such notable works as Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), and Americanah (2013). In this TED Talk, she tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice and warns that we risk a critical misunderstanding if we only hear or listen to a single story about other people or places.
Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society (Hass Institute) (2015, April 30). bell hooks and john a. powell: Keynote dialogue at Othering & Belonging Conference April 2015 [Video file]. Retrieved from
In front of an audience at the annual Othering & Belonging Conference in 2015, author, feminist, and activist bell hooks—and john a. powell, who leads the University of California Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society—dialogue about belonging through connection and connecting through love, particularly with oneself, the other, and the Earth. They discuss how there are constructed schisms in these connections, and they challenge the idea that there is no schism, but rather a need to acknowledge and live through connection. Building on hooks’ understanding of love as a verb, they shift the approach and conceptualization of love so that love is an interactive practice with potential to deconstruct barriers between these constructed schisms.
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Featuring the voices of young people, this video highlights their responses to the question, “What are the challenges to achieve social justice for young people in 2012?” It includes young peoples’ messages to the international community for World Day of Social Justice, held annually on February 20.
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In this TED Talk, Charles L. Robbins presents on how pervasive injustice has society at a turning point and that every individual has a critical choice to make: To stand with each other and fight for social justice, or stay on the sidelines, silently supporting the system that perpetuates inequality, violence, and poverty in the world. Robbins highlights critical social justice issues of our time and calls on everyone to play a part in changing the world.
Everyday Democracy [Website]. Retrieved from
Everyday Democracy is committed to helping communities develop their own ability to solve problems by exploring ways for all kinds of people to think, talk, and work together to create change.  Their services include how-to materials for organizing dialogue to change, issue-specific guides, facilitator training guides, and self-assessment tools on racial dynamics and community change that relay real-life stories of resulting changes—in individuals, race relations, police-community relations, and institutions.
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) (n.d.). American experience [Television film series]. Retrieved from
The “American Experience” series by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) features over 250 broadcasted films on U.S. American history. Full films, teachers’ guides, and behind-the-scenes footage are available on the website.
School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL) [Website]. Retrieved from
The School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL) is a school to build a movement. SOUL works to lay the groundwork for a strong social justice movement by supporting the development of a new generation of organizers rooted in a systemic change analysis—especially people of color, young women, transgender youth, and low-income people.
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) [Website]. Retrieved from
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) was founded in 1971 as a small civil rights law firm. The website is designed to provide visitors with news reports, commentary, real-time critiques, as well as scholarly information and results of research to teach concepts of fundamental fairness and tolerance.